There are an array of fruit and nut granola recipes online but also multiple varieties in stores too. It can be a mine field to find a granola that you love and stick to, not the mention they can be pricey too. I decided that I wanted to create a granola recipe that I could reach for all the time! I dabbled with some recipes online and came up with a fruit and nut granola that works well for my family and me.
The ingredients are versatile and simple.
The flavour is sweet, nutty, and crunchy without the use of multiple sugars, sweeteners and oils.
Unlike some granolas, as you will see from the photos, this isn’t a chunky granola. Whilst chunky granola varieties are very tasty, they often contain high amounts of sugar in them to form a sticky consistency style “chunk”. We have opted for a crunchy but flaky granola that can work on top of yoghurts, smoothie bowls, porridge or even on its own with milk.
The recipe is of course “fruit and nut granola” however, you can remove the fruit or nuts from the recipe if that work better for your preferences. If you can eat dried fruit and nuts in your diet, then the balance in flavours is great! Oats, nuts, and seeds bring down the glycaemic index (GI) of the granola and if paired with a plain yoghurt (natural or Greek) the GI will be reduced even further.
The dried fruits I have chosen for this recipe are:
All these ingredients can be found in Grower’s Harvest Trail Mix 300G – Tesco Groceries . Buying this can save you some money if needed.
Let’s get into the recipe, I hope you enjoy it.
- 360g Oats (whole rolled/ jumbo – you can use GF here if needed)
- 115g Almonds (raw, unsalted)
- 30g Sunflower seeds
- 10g Pumpkin seeds
- 22g Coconut flakes (untoasted – if using toasted you can add these at the end)
- 30g Banana chips (crunched into smaller pieces)
- 70g Dried fruits of choice (papaya, apricot and raisins)
- 125g Maple syrup
- 50g Coconut oil (melted)
1. Pre-heat your oven to 120c fan oven.
2. In a mixing bowl pour in your oats, coconut flakes, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
3. Melt your coconut oil and pour into the mix with the maple syrup. Stir well until all the oats are completely covered.
4. Place onto a lined baking tray (I used two flat baking trays here as I didn’t have a tray big enough. You want it pretty flat on the tray)
and place in the oven.
5. Give the granola a mix every 15 minutes until the 70 minutes is up (last time will be 10 mins).
6. Once golden in colour, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the side (approx. 30 minutes).
7. Once cooled, add in your dried fruits of choice and then pop into an airtight jar of choice.
Store in an airtight jar once cooled.
Enjoy with smoothies, porridge, yoghurt or milk.
If using a gas oven the cooking times might vary so keep an eye on it. Remove once golden brown but not burnt!